Leeds’ Grade I-listed Temple Works will be auctioned next week after Burberry dropped a proposed redevelopment of the landmark site - a scheme which would have been designed by Stanton Williams
In July the fashion brand walked away from an option to take on the former flax mill, designed by the Bonomi Brothers in 1840.
The AJ understands it is still exploring options for a manufacturing plant on a nearby site it owns on Leeds South Bank - a £50 million facility which could employ 1,000 people and become the main production centre for the brand’s heritage trench coat.
The Egyptian-style building, owned by the Barclay family, who bought the Telegraph in 2004, will now go to auction on 7 December.
Leeds Civic Trust director Martin Hamilton said the auction news is being treated with ‘some trepidation’.
He explained: ‘We only hope that, if it is sold, the new owner will be able to bring the necessary imagination – and investment – to the table to restore this magnificent mill and to bring it back into use.’
Stanton Williams had been working with Burberry since April 2016, before the brand let the option lapse on the Temple Works plot this summer.
Later stages of the development programme would have involved restoring the empty Temple Works building, which was listed among the Victorian Society’s 10 most endangered buildings six years ago.